An explanation

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This is a message that can come up on WordPress when you click the magic ‘X’ to bypass certain suggested reads. I wondered why it happened with a few of the suggestions. Pawing my way through a large number of links, I began to see a pattern. It had some odd outliers until I thought about it awhile.

The conclusion I’ve come to is that these sites that can’t be dismissed are paying WordPress for one of their ‘premium’ plans which is supposed to … well who knows what. Increase the chances of your being noticed I guess. All I noticed is that it’s more aggravating, not more interesting. As such they are invariably sites I’ll never read through.

So if you’re paying for this ‘bonus’ maybe you ought to reconsider. It’s money for nothing as far as I can see. Straight out of the Facebook playbook for suckering users.

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